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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 22, 2012 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

This is something we did on Facebook a while back . Some might find this amusing, if self referential .
25 Records that have changed my life/ruined my mind

In the order they pop into my head ( note: these are not my " Greatest F'n albums of all time, or even my favorites, but the ones that messed me up. or sent me down a path , good or bad)
1. Bob Dylan - Greatest hits Vol. 1, & 2 - birthday present 1972 . "Hard Rain.."
"Memphis Blues Again, It's when I really fell in love with music .
2. Frank Zappa - We're Only In It For the Money
3. " " " " - Lumpy Gravy - Anyone who has heard my "torture tapes"
would hear these records influence .
4. Bonzo Dog Band - History of - Like a musical Monty Python . My friend Ryan.
upon hearing this," I see where your humor and sense of timing
come from".
5. Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica - When I met him, when he saw this a
album, he lit up. "This is my FAVORITE" yep!
6. " " " " " " - Ice Cream for Crow - What can I say? "The Thousand and
and Tenth Day of the Human Totem Pole" Skeleton Makes
Good"... Im still in awe .
7. Residents - Duck Stab/Buster and Glen - When my friend, Tony and I first heard "Lizard
Lady", we both just turned to each other and were scared.
Honorable mention to their short "Goosebump", Mother Goose
derived weirdness , especially "Old McDonnell's Farm"...
8. Jon Wayne - Texas Funeral - Tony put this record on my turntable, and when
we heard " Mr Egyptian... you're a Goddamnn liar..." we KNEW
we had pay dirt . "Greatest record since Abby Road" - Randy
Weilheit ... This was a BAD influence .
9. Gene Tracy - Truck Stop(?) - I was already into trucker stuff
with Red Sovine . Found this used 8track in a thrift store in
Lancaster . The UGLY side of trucking .Truck stop humor...
a REAL BAD influence.
10. Grateful Dead - Europe 72 - Their perfect sound . Not them at their hardest.
their best writing, most exploratory , or even mellowest .But
this is the one that hooked me .
11. "The Dylan/Cash sessions" - Bootleg - pushed me JC and BD fooling around
with old country etc. They do a Jimmie Rodgers "Blue Yodel"
which got me eventually into JR.
12. Jimmie Rodgers - ASV collection - next step ! Then I got it all ! Man do I love
Jimmie Rodgers !
13. Carter Family - Bear Family set - Like JR , it took a few steps. I don't know
what it is, but nothing will tear up my eyes, or give me
goose flesh, like the Carter Family.
14. Ernest Tubb -
When he is on, he is my favorite country singer .
15. Johnny Cash - Sun best of records that Mark Reid had . Of all the great stuff
that came out of Sun (inc. JLLewis) I think this is the best.
16. Sam Cooke - A Man And his Music - My favorite "soul" singer is also one of
the first.
17. Muddy Waters - Chess "Blues Masters series" - When my peers were into
Elton John, or Fleetwood Mac , this is what I was listening
to . A REAL GOOD influence .
18. Bob Wills - Bear Family set, mostly pre-war . It is hard to feel bad when you
listen to Bob Wills. Brings out the real Cracker in me..
19. Martin Denny - Exotica - Tiki is in my blood . This is most likely my
Grandmothers doing .
20. Herb Alpert - South of the Border - We had a station wagon with an 8-track
player . Had this.
. Like Martin Denny, this is such
guileless music . Well crafted and ... fun.
21. John Coltrane - Any of his middle period Impulse records.
22. Miles Davis - Esp - Silent Way . - Well coming from an old fan of Psychedelic
music, this was a natural (both Trane and Miles). Tony Williams
maybe my favorite drummer.
23. Eric Dolphy - Out to Lunch - Cool to Coltrane's hot. I am sure my old Zappa
fandom made this easy .
24. Club Nisei - Japanese Hawaiian music from the early 50's. Why this music
( and Ozu's great post-war movies) have so much resonance
with me , I don't know . Makes me wonder about reincarnation.

25. Reverend Dennis Kamakahi - Hawaiian slack key guitar music . Nothing feels
like "home", than slack key music. This guy has the most l
lovely voice. A real find.
Honorable mentions - George Harrison - All Things Must Pass,Tom Waits -
Swordfish > Black Rider. Well, a bunch more Dylan,
late 60's stuff ( Traffic, Hendrix ,Moody Blues { the
pop mystical and my intro to Debussy etc.} etc.)
Coasters, Elvis, Jerry Lee, Bo, Chuck, Phil & Don
Roy, etc. John Prine - First 4, Gordon Lightfoot -
Gord's Gold . Oh the Byrds > Sweetheart.

Classical quickly - The Stravinsky Box, Debussy orchestra music - Boulez CBS,
Beethoven 1-9 Szell ,Bruckner -Haitink , Chopin Nocturnes - Arrau, Mozart -
Sym 38-41 Klemperer . Varese- Craft . Debussy - piano music - Jacobs.
Sibelius sym 2 - Barborolli etc . etc.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 22, 2012 8:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

Don't often see The Black Rider on many lists.

Thank-you, thank-you. Thank-you, thank-you. You are too kind... >

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 23, 2012 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

My vague stumbling, might not make it clear that I am talking about all Tom's albums from "Swordfish" thorough "Black Rider" . I am not sure his writing is as strong on BR compared to those other albums, but I LOVE it because it is so weird ! Thanks for the YT link .

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 23, 2012 9:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

Oh, I get the greater then sign.
Alice & Blood Money doesn't make the grade?

-from a fellow vague stumbler

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 23, 2012 10:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

I like them, but not as much as the listed albums .